Planning for a Bright Future at STC Middle School

Over the past several years, the South Tama County Community School District has been working to find potential solutions to STC Middle School’s facility and capacity needs. These needs, if left unaddressed, threaten the level of quality education we can provide to our students.   

By acting now, district leadership and the Board of Education believe we can address these needs in a way that will ensure our middle school continues to provide excellent learning environments for students now and in the years to come.  

 

The South Tama County Community Facilities Task Force has been examining the STC Middle School’s facility needs and exploring potential solutions for the past eight months. The building is 106 years old and is considered one of the oldest—if not the oldest—functioning middle schools in the state. The lifespan of a typical middle school is 70 years.

The task force reviewed several options and narrowed them down to two potential plans. The group is recommending the renovation of the Iowa Juvenile Home after an evaluation of several factors, including cost, logistics, space and community feedback. A recent survey received 660 responses, with community members preferring the use of the Juvenile Home property when asked about the options.

Recent Updates

COMMUNITY REUSE 

The Community Reuse plan involves renovating the vacant Iowa Juvenile Home, with an addition to right-size the school. The remaining area at the site would be developed into community housing.

COST: $25 Million

TAX IMPACT:

  • Tax Levy Rate: $1.87

  • The tax rate would decrease due to the district paying off a previous GO Bond

  • Residential: 🔻$42.79 from current tax bill based on a home assessed at $100,000

  • Agricultural: 🔻$416.52 based on the assessed value of 400 acres

 

COMMUNITY IMPACT:

  • Potential to add 50+ housing units

  • Creates a future for Iowa Juvenile Home

  • Leverages state funds

  • Maintains a district presence in Toledo

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